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Who Put the 'Great' in Great Britain?

Do you know … 

… why England has three heraldic lions – because none of them were English!

… why Cromwell was such a ‘whitewash’, ‘warts and all’?

… why we call our flag a ‘Union JACK’ – and why you may never have seen one?

… why a popular nursery rhyme teaches our children about destruction, boozing, pawning and child mortality? It’s enough to make you ‘pop your clogs’!

… and what is a ‘cock-horse’ anyway?

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Title: Who Put the 'Great' in Great Britain
Theme: Britain
Price: £9.99
ISBN 0-9551525-3-4
Dimensions: 160mm (W) x 178mm (D)
Format: Hardback with dust sleeve
Author: Peter Ryding
Publisher: Pathfinder Partners Limited
Release date: June2006
 

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Did Romans Invent the Space Shuttle?

Do you know …

… how the Romans ‘made a mint’ when their city was destroyed?

… why they didn’t just have vandals – they virtually invented them?

… how Roman sewers have helped specify modern trains and the Space Shuttle!

… why anyone paid a ‘salary’ owes it all to the Romans – especially if they are not ‘worth their salt’?

... why the Romans gave us ‘malaria’?

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Title: Did Romans Invent the Space Shuttle?
Theme: Romans
Price: £9.99
ISBN 0-9551525-5-0
Dimensions: 160mm (W) x 178mm (D)
Format: Hardback with dust sleeve
Author: Peter Ryding
Publisher: Pathfinder Partners Limited
Release date: June 2006

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Did Nelson turn a blind eye?


Do you know...

...Why "letting the cat out of the bag" can leave you "a marked man"?
...Why the Jack and Jill nursery rhyme is really all about sex?
...Why you must "pull your finger out" before "firing a broadside" at someone?
...Why it doesn't hurt a brass monkey when its balls are frozen off by the cold?


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Title: Did Nelson Turn a Blind Eye?
Theme: Maritime
Price: £9.99
ISBN 0-9551525-2-6
Dimensions: 160mm (W) x 178mm (D)
Format: Hardback with dust sleeve
Author: Peter Ryding
Publisher: Pathfinder Partners Limited
Release date: August 2006
 

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Do Spies Win Olympic Medals?

Do you know …

… why going ‘down like ninepins’ may get you ‘knocked into a cocked hat’?

… why we train Olympic athletes to be spies?

… why we call football ‘soccer’?

… how you can play cards with Alexander the Great and Julius Caesar?

… why ‘passing the buck’ is not a ‘good idea’?

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Title: Do Spies Win Olympic Medals?
Theme: Sports, Games & Gambling
Price: £9.99
ISBN 0-9551525-6-9
Dimensions: 160mm (W) x 178mm (D)
Format: Hardback with dust sleeve
Author: Peter Ryding
Publisher: Pathfinder Partners Limited
Release date: June 2005

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Did Noah Invent Tennis?

 
Do you know...

...that the  "40" in "40 - love" in tennis comes from Noah spending 40 days and 40 nights in the Ark?
 ...tennis was originally played by monks in their monastic courtyards - hence tennis COURT.
 ...why "love"?  That's because the zero reminded monks of an egg (the same way we call a zero score in cricket a "duck") and French for egg is "l'oeuff" from which we get "love"

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Title: Did Noah Invent Tennis?
Theme: Miscellaneous
Price: £9.99
ISBN: 0-9551525-1-8
Dimensions: 160mm (W) x 178mm (D)
Format: Hardback with dust sleeve
Author: Peter Ryding
Publisher: Pathfinder Partners Limited
Release date: August 2006
 

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Nelson, Trafalgar and the Royal Navy
Foreword by Frank Nowosielski MBE - Commanding Officer of HMS Victory


This was the first book in the intriguing series that reveals fascinating origins and amazing new connections between words, phrases, customs and so much more. It focuses upon derivations from the days of Nelson, Trafalgar and the Royal Navy from Alfred the Great to the 20th century.


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- Why "letting the cat out of the bag" can leave you "a marked man"?
- Why the Jack and Jill nursery rhyme is really all about sex?
- Why you must "pull your finger out" before "firing a broadside" at someone?
- Why it doesn't hurt a brass monkey when its balls are frozen off by the cold?

Do you know how the game of croquet connects the Battle of Trafalgar, a world famous London street and every shopping mall in the world?
Title: Nelson, Trafalgar and the Royal Navy
Theme: Maritime
Price: £9.99
ISBN 0-9551525-0-X
Dimensions: 160mm (W) x 178mm (D)
Pages:168
Format: Hardback with dust sleeve
Author: Peter Ryding
Publisher: Pathfinder Partners Limited
Release date: November 2005

 

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